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The Habs got back in the win column with 11 former captains in the house

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens are back on the winning track courtesy of a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

This wasn't just any game night at the Bell Centre.

The Habs did a marvelous job of celebrating their 110th anniversary, holding a Captains' Reunion to mark the occasion.

In conjunction with the event, 11 of the team's 12 retired captains were on site to participate in the festivities.

The forever popular Saku Koivu was in the house, of course, making the trek across the pond from Finland.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Il est ici!��a fait longtemps, Saku. 🤗He's here!It's been awhile, Saku.#GoHabsGo

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Saku is pumped to be back���#GoHabsGo

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Montreal ������s you too, Saku.#GoHabsGo

Love really was in the air leading up to the pregame ceremonies.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Pas de poign��es de mains ce soir, que des accolades. No handshakes tonight. Let's hug it out!#GoHabsGo

The current players even sported special warmup jerseys in honor of their favorite Canadiens legends.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le pass�� rencontre le pr��sent. Honoring 110 years. #GoHabsGo

The Habs hit a home run with their special pregame video, as per usual.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Watch the pregame video that played at the Bell Centre tonight in honor of our 110th anniversary.#GoHabsGo

And then the welcome backs began...

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: On a une impressionnante liste d���invit��s pour notre 110e anniversaire. 😏Our 110th birthday party has a pretty impressive guest list.#GoHabsGo

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Re-bienvenue �� Montr��al, Chris Chelios!Welcome back to Montr��al, Chris Chelios!#GoHabsGo

Max Domi took a bit of a tumble when it came time to meet the former captains at center ice for a group photo.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Max Domi ��tait un peu trop excit�� de rencontrer les capitaines. 😅@max_domi was a little too excited to meet the captains.#GoHabsGo

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 46 Coupes Stanley7 Selke3 Norris3 Conn Smythe2 Masterton1 Lady Byng1 King Clancy#GoHabsGo

There were no goals to report in the first period until the very, very end of the frame.

With 0.1 seconds remaining before the break, Phillip Danault snapped an eight-game goal drought with his seventh marker of the 2019-20 campaign.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: �� la derni��re (fraction de) seconde. ���Buzzer beater.#GoHabsGo

Assistant captain Brendan Gallagher collected the lone helper on the play, reaching the 20-point plateau for the eighth straight season.

Danault also reached the 20-point plateau for the fourth consecutive year.

With 6:30 left in the second period, Gallagher put the Canadiens up 2-0 courtesy of his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

Gallagher tipped a Shea Weber blast on Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss and proceeded to bury his own rebound.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Gally devant le filet. Classique. Typical Gally.#GoHabsGo

The Habs outshot the Islanders 13-6 in the middle stanza, and 25-13 through 40 minutes of play.

Jeff Petry struck early in the third period to further extend the lead to 3-0.

His point shot tipped off Islanders forward Josh Bailey and beat Greiss at the 2:53 mark of the period.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Un gros but et une grosse c��l��bration de Jeff. That's one serious celly. #GoHabsGo

That snapped Petry's 21-game goal drought dating back to October 15 against Tampa Bay. It was his third goal of the season.

Just 41 seconds later, though, Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield cut the lead to 3-1.

Then, Islanders sniper Mathew Barzal made it 3-2 with 2:29 left in regulation.

Weber added an empty-netter for the Canadiens with 27.1 seconds left to seal the deal.

That's the way things finished up.

The Canadiens outshot the Islanders 39-24, and snapped their eight-game winless streak along the way. 

It was their first win since November 15.

The Habs will be back in action on Thursday nightwhen they play host to the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell Centre.

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